Enemies of algae
In the fight against plant algal blooms, caused by active reproduction of algae, is the control of the concentration of nutrients: micronutrients, nitrogen – and phosphorus-containing molecules, and potassium. However, there are factors of deterrence, which, of course, do not address the root cause of flowering, but prevent avalanche multiplication. One of such approaches is the introduction into the ecosystem of fish and invertebrates that eat algae, including filamentous.
Algae in General is fairly undemanding species and can be used in almost any freshwater aquarium, but it is not necessary in this regard to treat them mild. Take them along with other inhabitants of the aquarium, because Your task is not just to calm the raging of the colony of algae, but also to provide in the long run, all the necessary conditions for normal living, algae eaters, they’re not expendable. And speech here goes not only about the quantity of vegetable food. Not to think about the conditions of detention can only those who have a spare aquarium that algae will return, when the work was done in the main tank. Note that some holders of aquariums, inspired by the apparent successes of small fish, snails and other invertebrates, needlenosed about the problem itself. This is how to seal the corns on your heels, instead of to change the shoes: really helps but forget once to stick a band-aid and a work day will last sooo long.
You must realize that algae will proliferate not only on the walls of the aquarium, but also on stones, driftwood and even in the water column, therefore in an aquarium it is better to run several types of habitat which will cover all surfaces. In addition, none of the algae eater does not eat all types of algae, the worse things are with filamentous algae, which very few people eats. However, you have to check not only the compatibility of individual species of algae with aquarium environment, but also among themselves.
The use of special nutritious feed helps reduce appetite, algae eaters, therefore it is necessary to find the optimal ratio of seaweed/food, at which Your little helpers will be healthy and voracious enough to destroy the excess fish food and algae.
It’s time to proceed to the immediate consideration of the most popular among aquarists, algae eaters. So, a dozen of the best.